TAG | Harry Potter Spells Tag

harry potter spells

I’m finally getting around to working through my backlog of tags! I thought that, given the release of Cursed Child, it would be apt to do a Harry Potter themed tag. I was tagged to do this by Lauren @ Comma Hangover! You should go check her out if you’re not following her already 🙂


 

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A childhood book connected to good memories.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Okay, I know that it’s cliche to pick a Harry Potter book, but I do have very fond memories of reading this book particularly. I used to make forts in the dining room in the house I grew up in, comprised of the cupboard under the stairs, the table, and a clotheshorse. I used to sit in the fort and read this, or read it to my brother. I actually wrote a blog post about how into Harry Potter I was when I was a kid. I’m 22 and people still call me and my friends the Harry Potter Gang…..

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A book that took you by surprise

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Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. I had to read this for my Victorian Novel class back in my second year of university, and I hadn’t really heard of it so I wasn’t expecting very much from it. I ended up loving this. It’s a really good mystery, and I really didn’t anticipate some of the turns it took. Usually it takes me a bit longer to get through classic novels, but I think I read this in about two sittings.

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The last book you read.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne. I mean. Do I really need to say anything about this? I read this in its entirety on the day it came out. Hopefully I should have a review/discussion post up about this either this week or next week!

alohamoraA book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before.

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. Before reading this, I’d never really been into comics. Which is odd really, because I used to be really into manga. Well. I was really into Naruto. But I’d always considered comics to be sort of hard to access? I had no idea where to start, especially with superhero comics, so when I heard about this I decided to pick it up. I’m so, so glad I did. I love this series, and it’s really pushed me to get into comics more generally.

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A funny book you’ve read.

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Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. I actually don’t read too many specifically funny books? But this was the last book that really made me laugh!

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A book you think everyone should know about.

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Asking For It by Louise O’NeillThis book is definitely well-known, but it’s definitely one I think everyone should read. Asking For It is an incredibly harrowing book about rape and rape culture. I talk more about it in my review, which you can read here if you want to know more about it.

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A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read.

I’m going with spoiler for this one, because unbelievably I managed to spoil myself for the Red Wedding before I read A Storm of Swords. I have no idea how I managed it, but I very much regret that I somehow managed to do it!

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A book you had to read for school.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m picking this because I was actually assigned to read it twice, once at A Level and again in my first year at university. When I read it at A Level I liked it fine, but I really liked it when I read it again for university. It’s one of two “classics” that I’ve ever reread (the second being Dracula which I was also assigned at both A Level and university, and also wrote my undergraduate dissertation on).

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A book that was painful to read.

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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This book…is so boring. It’s so boring. I had to read this in my first year at university, so maybe I just wasn’t “ready” for it but oh my god. I actually hold so much resentment for this book because I was a goody two shoes and bought the expensive Norton Critical Edition because the reading list said we had to get this version and I was so pumped to finally read such a classic book. I felt so betrayed. And now I’m loath to get rid of it because I spent so much money on this stupid edition!

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A book that could kill (interpret as you will).

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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. This is probably one of the most disturbing books I’ve read, and I’m going through it at the moment annotating it so I can write about it. Frank, the protagonist, is sixteen and pretty much a psychopath. I mean:

Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my  young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I’d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.

That’s my score to date. Three. I haven’t killed anybody for years, and I don’t intend to ever again.

It was just a stage I was going through.

It’s definitely not a book for everyone, but I’d definitely recommend it if you’re into very dark fiction.


So that’s that! This was a really cool tag! I’m not tagging anyone specifically for this, because I have no idea who has and hasn’t done it, but if you’d like to do the tag, then consider yourself tagged 🙂

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TAG | HARRY POTTER TAG

This tag was created by Bookidote (I’ve used their lovely graphics for this tag), and I was tagged by  Ravenclaw Book Club! The only rule is that you can’t use Harry Potter for any of your answers, which is such a cool idea. This looks so much fun, so here we go!

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A BOOK YOU FOUND THE THEME INTERESTING, BUT YOU’D LIKE TO REWRITE IT.

The only one I can really think of for this is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. It’s been a long time since I read it, but I just remember thinking that this had a really cool premise, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, and I didn’t feel like picking up any of the other books in the series. Perhaps I’m being a little harsh, though!

 

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT GOT YOU HOOKED.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is the book that got me into Patrick Ness. I bought it as a little birthday present to myself on my Kindle, absolutely devoured it and bought the next two books immediately after finishing. In other words, I bought them while I was still crying at the events in the latter part of the book.

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A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIGHT NOW.

I have two for this, the first being The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. This comes out in June and is the concluding book in his vampire trilogy, which remains one of my favourite series of all time. I read The Passage in 2011, and the second book, The Twelve, in 2013, so it has been one hell of a wait. My second is super obvious, and it’s The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin. This is the longest I’ve ever had to wait for a book, since I read the whole series right at the start of 2012.

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A KILLER BOOK. BOTH SENSES. TAKE IT AS YOU LIKE.

Let’s go for books about killers, shall we? Out by Natsuo Kirino is one of my favourite books, and it’s partly about a woman who murders her awful husband and then gets her co-workers to help her dispose of the body and cover up the crime. I read this when I was 16, so 6 years ago, and I remember how they dispose of the body very, very vividly. I also read American Psycho a year later, which begs the question: what the fuck, 16/17 year old me?

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A BOOK YOU FOUND REALLY CONFUSING.

Dubliners by James Joyce. To tell the truth, I only read The Dead from this short story collection for a class I had back in my second year of university. The only thing I can tell you about it is that there’s snow, at some point. I couldn’t even tell you if it’s for the duration, or just a small part. You win, James Joyce.

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YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL BOOK.

I actually found this kinda hard! I’m picking Howl’s Moving Castle, though, purely because Howl is a total drama queen and I can definitely relate to that.

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A DARK, TWISTED BOOK.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite is a great book about really, really terrible vampires. By which I mean the good old-fashioned murdering kind of vampires. There are some really graphic scenes in here that I genuinely wasn’t expecting. This is one of those books that you’re either going to love, or you’re going to hate, but I really love it.

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A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU IN A GREAT WAY, REVEALS TO BE MORE THAN IT IS.

I’m going to go with Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill for this, even though everyone knows it’s a thought provoking book, I genuinely didn’t when I bought it. I thought this was going to be another YA dystopia that I could passively enjoy and not really think about, but nope! I did a presentation on this book for a module on my MA, and while I was going over it again I noticed all sorts of things that I didn’t notice the first time around. Do you ever just really want to write an essay on a book? No? Okay.

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I tag:

Julianne @ quilltricks

Dee @ underthemidnightsky

and The Orang-utan Librarian if any of you guys fancy doing it! 🙂

I feel like I’m forgetting people, so if you want to do the tag, just do it and say I tagged you 😉